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China Camp State Park

N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael, CA 94901
+1 415-456-0766
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Beautiful Park Teaming with Wildlife in a Quiet Corner of SF Bay

Recently visited China Camp State Park for a 4.6 mile hike. We started from the camping grounds at... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Sonoma, California
Sad we lost the owner recently Love this place

We have been going here for years. Doing volunteer work. Having a dog and beer. Walk and hiking and... read more

Reviewed 10 October 2017
Leigha F
Oakland, California
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Located on the grounds of an old Chinese fishing settlement, this park includes over 1,500 acres of beaches, hiking trails and picnic grounds.
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  • Average5%
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N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael, CA 94901
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Recently visited China Camp State Park for a 4.6 mile hike. We started from the camping grounds at the north side of the park and hiked down the Bay Trail. The mostly flay trail is well maintained and varied. It meanders through oak woodlands, along...More

Thank 14hannon
Reviewed 10 October 2017

We have been going here for years. Doing volunteer work. Having a dog and beer. Walk and hiking and biking here. Heaven on earth.

Thank Leigha F
Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

Just few miles from downtown San Rafael you could find yourself in this tiny Chinese fisherman village. Just taking the road at sunset is an amazing experience but be careful, deer, wild turkeys and other critters love to cross the road in front of your...More

Thank Michael V
Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

A great place for camping. Very comfortable and private. We enjoyed the walks educational hike with a camp docent. Learned about how fragile and special China Camp is and have a new respect for the marshland.

Thank Lisa O
Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

My friends and I were on our way to Stinson Beach this past Labor Day weekend but the traffic was insane. We got out of the nightmare traffic that was descending upon the Mount Tamalpais area and found our way to China Camp. I've always...More

Thank Cecilia P
Reviewed 7 September 2017

The drive to little known China Camp is wonderful and includes seldom observed views of the north end of the SF Bay. China Camp has been preserved to show the important heritage of the Chinese in the Bay Area region. The "camp" is actually a...More

1  Thank Peter H
Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

Lucky this is so close. Any easy drop in to ride and climb. Fun and beautiful. Overlooks the bay. Terrain for all types of riders of all ages. Even plan a picnic.

Thank Brad B
Reviewed 27 August 2017

I really love China Camp. If you're going to go for a hike though, "beware" of the mountain bikers ;-) They bomb down the trails...I have road biked out here - there is a loop through China Camp. If you are coming from the South...More

Thank YourCardShark
Reviewed 18 August 2017 via mobile

I enjoyed wandering around the shrimp camp at China Camp State Park. That might be because I had seen an episode of California Gold about the camp. If I had not seen the show I probably would not have understood the significance of what I...More

Thank Gregory S
Reviewed 31 July 2017 via mobile

Great little campground which is a hike in camp. The raccoons are a little obnoxious but the kids thought it was cool. You have to pay to hike there which is a bummer and kind of weird. We liked the beach area. It was good...More

Thank Coree C
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3 April 2017|
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Response from Judith S | Reviewed this property |
From the state park website... At Back Ranch Meadows Campground reservations can be made all year-round by calling Reserve America at 1-800-444-PARK (7275). All campsites at Back Ranch Meadows campground are HIKE-IN SITES... More
8 July 2016|
Response from timo2btimo | Reviewed this property |
We traveled in early November, and didn't see any bees. The bathrooms were not clean, with little bits of dried toilet paper on the floor. They didn't pay the propane bill, (according to management) so there was no hot... More